Oblumi Digital Thermometer

For any parents out there, you’ll know a thermometer is a must-have. (We all worry about whether our child has a fever!)

I recently received a thermometer from Oblumi, part of the BubbleBum family (the company which makes inflatable booster seats and is headquartered right here in Northern Ireland.)

Now this isn’t a normal thermometer but one which converts into an infrared digital thermometer when the small device is connected to your very own smartphone! Technology, hey!

So, I download the Oblumi app, connected the device into the headphone jack and it was good to go!

The thermometer takes a recording by either placing the device into the ear or rubbing it on the forehead.

I tried it out on me first and within seconds, the reading had appeared- a normal 37°. I then tried it out on my five month old daughter, Niamh.

At first she was a little wary of the device going into her ear but, having tried thermometers on her before, this was something I expected.

After a second or two, she was back to her smiling self (as you can see!) Her reading was 36.5°, so again a normal temperature.

I thought the device was quick and easy to use, especially because I would always have my phone on me.

I felt taking the temperature in the ear was easier than the forehead, as you couldn’t go wrong. (I think I wasn’t placing it close enough to the temple when doing it on the forehead at first!)

The app allows you to save profiles, so you can have different readings recorded for different members of the family.

The smart technology also allows you to set alarms so you know when to give your child medication if they have a fever and can also check the temperature of liquids such as a bath!

I thought the Oblumi thermometer was a great, handy device and thankfully Niamh liked it! Check out https://www.bubblebum.co/product/oblumi-tapp/ for more!

Handy size for carrying in baby bag

Fits into your smartphone

Trying it out on Niamh

Reading appeared in seconds

Temperature can be saved to ‘profiles’ of family members






Cushendun- what a difference a week makes!

Barry and I spend most weekends in Cushendun where (if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones), the caves are situated in which Melisandre gives birth to her “shadow baby”.

Cushendun is a small village in the Causeway Coast and Glens which is National Trust-owned. The charming village has always been somewhat of a hidden gem but has grown in popularity over the past few years due to its connection with the HBO fantasy series.

As well as the Cushendun Caves, the local pub, Mary McBrides, houses one of the “Door of Thrones”, a tourism initiative which saw a series of doors unveiled in restaurants and bars across Northern Ireland. The doors have been carved from fallen trees from the ‘Dark Hedges’.

I wasn’t due to give birth until 14th January so Barry and I decided to spend the few days between Christmas and New Years in Cushendun. Plenty of time, I said! The baby isn’t due for another few weeks, I said!

But alas…. there I was on 30th December when the little one decided she would quite like to be born in Cushendun! Yes, I went into labour over an hour away from where I was due to give birth in the Mater Hospital! So, we abandoned ship and made our way down the road, hoping I wouldn’t have the baby on the hard shoulder of the M2!

Thankfully, I didn’t – and in fact, it wasn’t until 27 hours later that little Niamh was in my arms. My waters broke at 1opm on Friday night and she wasn’t born until 1.10am on Sunday morning!

But, it wasn’t long until we where back up in Game of Thrones territory. Yes, a mere five days after giving birth I was in Cushendun, walking the beach and having my first Gin and Tonic in 9 months in Mary McBrides.

We didn’t waste any time, eh?One week later- what a difference a week makes!

Cushendun Beach- January 2017. (Brave kayakers!)

Door of Thrones- Mary McBrides

The River Dun, Cushendun




Belfast Travels (now with child!)

Well, it’s been quite some time since I sat down and wrote a ‘proper’ blog. In fact, my writing has taken somewhat of a back seat in recent months. Not because I fell out of love with the blog, but because I wasn’t getting out and about to restaurants, events, weekends away etc the way I used to.

The reason- big, fat morning (noon and night) sickness! I was thrilled to discover I was pregnant in May and almost instantaneously, the sickness started. And on it went right up until about Week 26 (most people’s stop about Week 12) so I felt very aggrieved to have it for another 3 months!

So the last thing I wanted to do after finishing a day’s work was go out when in reality, I felt awful! Plus, it was the NI Year of Food and Drink and there were so many events I couldn’t attend because I was pregnant- beer launches, wine tasting, cheese nights (oh how I missed Brie!)…

But….it was all worth it in the end because on the 1st January 2017 at 1.10am, myself and my husband Barry welcomed little Niamh McCurdy into this world!

Weighing 6Ibs and 8oz, this wee one decided to come 2 weeks early! In fact, she wasn’t due until 14th January but ended up being the first girl born in Northern Ireland in 2017 just one hour after midnight….what an amazing thing to tell her when she’s older!

So, there will probably be less wine and cheese nights and more sleepless nights written about on the blog in the coming months, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

img_5965Miss Niamh McCurdy, born on 01/01/2017

img_5727Belfast Travels, now with child! Taking Niamh home from hospital- 2nd January 2017

img_6034Wee beauty!